pap·​u·​lar ˈpa-pyə-lər How to pronounce papular (audio)
: consisting of or characterized by papules

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Infection causes a typically mild skin infection of week-long duration that is characterized by a hallmark itchy papular rash, a fever, and a small dose of hardship. Rebecca Kreston, Discover Magazine, 1 Oct. 2016 Two days later, several papular skin lesions emerged on his trunk, extremities, and head. Bruce Y. Lee, Forbes, 16 June 2022 A less-severe form of cystic acne, papular pustules are sensitive to the touch (from the inflammation) and also the work of hormones and genetics. Marissa Desantis, Teen Vogue, 23 Aug. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1820, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of papular was circa 1820

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“Papular.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Apr. 2023.

Medical Definition


pap·​u·​lar ˈpap-yə-lər How to pronounce papular (audio)
: consisting of or characterized by papules
a papular rash
papular lesions
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